Though all Corn is important to the Zuni People, the Blue Corn is regarded as the most sacred and vital. Blue Corn is a staple in many traditional Zuni dishes. The corn is usually ground into meal and eaten or sprinkled as an offering.
The Corn Maidens are a manifestation of Virtue and Abundance. These Virtues include Faith, Hope, Charity, Wisdom, Trust and Honor. The abundance that comes from the nourishment they offer from their own flesh, sustain the Zuni People and is used as a food offering to the Sacred Ones.
The hand carved Elk Antler Corn Maiden pendant is detailed and inlaid with Black Pen Shell eyes. A necklace of Mediterranean Coral and Kingman Turquoise with simple fringe robe adorn her body. Her perfectly incised hair is done in traditional pueblo butterfly buns.
She is strung from a beautiful array of alternating Chrysocolla beads and accented with two Opalite beads and Sterling Silver finishings.
Artist: Ray Tsalate
About: Pendant- 1 7/8"t by 3/4"w by 6/8"l
Strand- 10 1/2"long